Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: In January 2004, an eight-week period of public consultation on the draft recommendations began. The responses have lead to some changes to our original proposals. The aim of the review has been to ensure that, as far as possible, one persons vote should have the same value as anothers. The improvements in electoral equality we are recommending today meet that objective without disrupting community interests.
As part of its final recommendations, the Committee proposes a council size of 45 councillors, an increase of three councillors, representing 42 divisions, an increase of two. We are confirming our draft recommendations as final in the districts and boroughs of Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. The Committee is moving away from its draft recommendations in the following areas:
In West Dorset we propose transferring Maiden Newton parish from Beaminster & Maiden Newton division to Three Valleys division and renaming the division Beaminster. The West Cliff area of Symondsbury parish in Marshwood Vale division should transfer to Bridport to reflect community identity and geographical links;
In Weymouth & Portland borough, the two-member divisions of Broadwey & Lodmoor and Westham & Weymouth should be replaced by single-member divisions to reflect community identity.
Map sheet 1illustrates in outline form the proposed divisions for Dorset, including constituent district wards and parishes.
Map sheet 2 illustrates the proposed boundary showing the new parish warding arrangements for West Cliff parish and Symondsbury Parish, between the Marshwood Vale and Bridport divisions.
Draft report, published on 13 January 2004;
Map 1Illustrating the proposed division boundaries in the Dorset CC area;
Large map Illustrating, in outline form, the commission's proposed divisions for Dorset.
The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.